In front of a full theater in La Abada in Madrid at the premiere of ‘Altsasu’, with tickets sold out and almost a hundred protesters calling for a boycott at the doors, the artistic director Juan Mayorga took the floor this Thursday to defend the freedom of the theater before the show: “Instead of speeches, freedom is protected by using it. Instead of words, peace is protected by practicing it. Tonight in this theater, we will perform an act of peace and freedom, and by doing this, we will send an important message to all people who make theater in this country and abroad. And also to people who love theater. And also to people who don’t go to the theater. For them too, and for people who never go to the theater, we act. Now, in this theater, thank you more than ever for being here. ”
Altsasu, the play that Vox tried to boycott, premiered in Madrid with sold-out tickets
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The playwright also thanked the audience for their support of the play, despite the far-right campaign to discredit it, ensuring that it “whitewashes terrorism.” “Thank you for coming here; thank you more than coming here, in this theater. . The theater is a place for peace and freedom. A theater is a place for freedom because those who go there are free to choose to see and listen and freely to decide on what they see and hear. A theater is a place for peace because different people agree to unite their eyes and ears on a stage where artists and actors represent the possibilities of what we call the people.”
The Abbey hosts the play La Dramatica Errante, a finalist for two Max Awards, which created the 2016 attack on two civil guards in Alsasua and the trial in which eight young people were convicted. It was his most controversial work in a long time and also one of the most anticipated. There are no tickets left for any of the scheduled performances until January 28.
The protesters who tried to prevent the premiere this Thursday, about a hundred elderly people, were summoned by Vox outside the theater, in the Chamberí neighborhood, and chanted slogans like “terrorists” and also against the mayor and to the president of the community: “Come on, Almeida, they’re in a joke.”